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What is Hard to Break?

WHAT is it that's hard to break???

Diamonds are hard to find but not hard to Break.

What is the hardest thing to break then?

The answer is: HABIT !

If you break the H, you still have A BIT .

If you break the A, you still have BIT.

If you break the B, you still have IT!

Hey, after you break the T in IT, there is still the 'I'.

And that (I ) is the root cause of all the problems.

Isn't it right? !

Now you know why HABIT is so hard to break….
Its destiny is in its name!

Convert Your Irritations into a Positive Energy

A psychiatrist was consulted by a man whose marriage and career were both in serious trouble. His problem was his constant irritability and bad temper. He was concerned about this himself, but if any one tried to discuss it with him, he exploded in anger. He constantly told himself that everyone was picking on him and that he had to defend himself against them.

To counter the negative auto suggestion, he advised him to use positive auto suggestion. Several times a day in the morning, noon, and at night prior to sleep he was to repeat to himself.

From now on,I shall grow more humor, joy, happiness,and cheerfulness are now becoming my natural states of mind.

Every day I am becoming more and more lovable and understanding.

I will be center of cheer and goodwill to all those around me, infecting them with my good spirits.

This happy, joyous, and cheerful mood is now becoming my normal, natural state of mind. I am grateful.

After a month, his wife and his coworkers remarked on how much easier he was to get along with.

The things that drive you crazy are actually giant opportunities. The people who press your buttons are actually your greatest teachers. The issues that make you angry are actually your biggest gifts. Be grateful to them. Love them.

The people or circumstances that take you out of your power have extraordinary value: they reveal your limiting beliefs, fears and false assumptions. The celebrated psychologist Carl Jung once said: "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." Powerful point. The things that irritate, annoy and anger you are entry points into your evolution and elevation as a human being. They are signposts for what you need to work on and the fears you need to face. They are gifts of growth. You can blame the people who trigger you and make it all about them. Or you can do the wise thing and look deeply into yourself to discover the reason for your negative reaction. Use the challenges to grow self-awareness. Because how can you overcome a fear you are not even aware of? And how can you transcend an insecurity you don't even know you have?

As you begin to shed light on your personal weaknesses and take responsibility for them, you actually begin the very process of shedding them. You become stronger. More powerful. You begin to see the world through a different set of eyes.

Khalil Gibran, one of the greatest thinkers, once wrote: "I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am grateful to those teachers who taught me all the wrong things.

I Can or I Can't

Your feelings are the way in which our subconscious mind really communicates with you. If your thoughts make you feel not so good about yourself, those thoughts need to be re-wired.

Once you have identified a few thought patterns that are no longer serving you, instead of getting caught up with them, change them. There is always a way to change these thoughts into ones that uplift and make you feel good.

For example,

"I can't do this because….."

Change it to:

"I am going to use my strengths and focus on what I can do rather than what I can't do."

When you focus on what you can't do, you begin to amplify the feelings of "can't", instead focus on what you can do, and those too will begin to multiply. Even if you don't necessarily believe that you can do something whole heartedly, the more you say it to yourself, the more it will begin to shape your reality.

Celebrating Employee Loyalty

From an Event Organization Company:

What better way to celebrate tenure than to throw a party? We get to do that each year for our own employees who have contributed five+ years of knowledge, hard work and expertise. Our longest tenured employee has been here for 26 years…but who's counting? We are so appreciative of all our employees' contributions to our business and to our clients. And because we know that employee loyalty and tenure equals greater customer service and insight on ways to continually improve processes, we were honored to help create an event that recognizes our clients' employees' loyalty.
The result is STAR Awards, which stands for Service Tenure Achievement Recognition and is an employee recognition event celebrating our clients' employees who have reached 20, 25 and 30 years of service at the company. As a business owner, my employees continue to amaze me when it comes to innovation, technology and service. I literally learn something every day from our team. And just like all the many good ideas at CRG Events, STAR Awards was created through a collaborative employee effort. This year as I had the opportunity to enjoy the event I thought about how important employee loyalty is to an organization. You may have heard the old adage that "people do business with people not with business" and that is so true.
When it comes to owning a business the P&L's, today's results and next year's projections are all very important – but without celebrating your people they are all a moot point. People and their ideas are what make businesses successful. We'd like to hear from you! What employee and client incentive programs does your organization provide? Are there programs that you think bring the greatest return on investment? Let us know!
Celebrating Employee Loyalty

How to Buy Sun Glasses

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    Protect your eyes! Excessive exposure to UV radiation can cause a variety of problems for your eyes such as cataracts, burns, and cancer.[1]
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    If you want your sunglasses to protect you from these risks, look for pairs that block at least 99% of UVB rays and at least 95% of UVA rays. Also look for the amount of cover the sunglasses provide. Look at how much you can see around the frames, will the sunglasses let in sun from the top or sides?
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    Don't buy sunglasses if they're labeled as "cosmetic" or don't provide any information on UV protection.

    Look for scratch resistance, many lenses have very fragile coatings. If you are spending much money, you want them to last. Fortunately damaged lenses can be replaced for most models.[[1]][2]

Part 2 of 4: Deciding on a Style

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    Sunglasses come in all shapes and sizes! Generally, finding a contrast between your face shape and the frame shape will look good. Eg if you have a round face, more angular frames will work well, and if your face is more square, a rounder softer frame shape will look good. Here are a few popular styles:
    • Mirrorshades - Mirrored coating on surface. Used a lot by police officers in the US. They usually come in an aviator or wraparound shape.
    • Aviators - Teardrop-shaped lens and thin metal frames. Often used by pilots, military personnel, and law enforcement personnel in the US. Good with any face shape, but best with an oval shape.
    • Wayfarers/Spicolis - Popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's.
    • Teashades - Popularized by John Lennon and Ozzy Osbourne. They're not very effective at keeping light out of your eyes, though.
    • Wraparounds - Associated with athletics and extreme sports.
    • Oversized - Associated with models and movie stars. Glamorous, darling.
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    Make sure the sunglasses fit properly. Try them on and make sure they don't pinch around your head. The weight should be evenly distributed between your ears and nose, and your eyelashes shouldn't touch the frame or lenses.

    Are you getting these sunglasses for sports? you will want a nice close fit, possibly with rubber grips on the arms. If they are for fishing or use on water, polarization is a must.[2]

Part 3 of 4: Choosing Lens Color Wisely

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    The color of the lenses doesn't just affect your fashion statement, it affects how well you detect contrast and differentiate colors. Some colors enhance contrast, which can be useful; however, this is often at the expense of color distinction, which can cause problems (when you're driving, for example, and need to be able to clearly differentiate the colors of a traffic light). Some sunglasses even come with interchangeable lenses so you can change the color easily, depending on what you're doing.
    • Gray lenses reduce light intensity without affecting contrast or distorting colors.[3]
    • Brown lenses partially enhance contrast by blocking some blue light.[3] Good for snow sports.[4] Also generally good for hunting in bright light, against open backgrounds.[4]
    • Amber/yellow lenses significantly enhance contrast because they block most or all blue light, and that makes them popular among hunters who benefit from that contrast when looking at targets against the sky. They're bad, however, for any activity that requires color recognition (like driving!).[3] Good for snow sports.
    • Red/orange lenses are good for snow sports but only on overcast days.[4] If you're a hunter, orange lenses are good for clay targets against open backgrounds.[4]
    • Violet lenses are good for hunters who need to see clay targets on a green background.[4]
    • Copper sunglasses will mute the sky and grass against a golf ball.[4]
    • Blue and green sunglasses enhance contrast with a yellow tennis ball.[4]

Part 4 of 4: Selecting the Right Lens Material

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Scratched up sunglasses are useless sunglasses. Lenses made from NXT polyurethane are impact-resistant, flexible, lightweight, and have great optical clarity, but they're expensive.
  • Glass is heavier, expensive, and will "spider" if broken.
  • Polycarbonate is not as scratch-resistant and provides less optical clarity than NXT polyurethane or glass, but it's more affordable.
  • Polyamide is a less used material, which provides glass like optical clarity, without the danger of shattering.
  • There are significant differences in scratch resistance of polycarbonate lenses depending on the hardcoat finish applied during construction.
  • Acrylic is also affordable, but it's the least durable and optically clear.

For more information www.wikihow

Never Criticize, Condemn or Complain

Dale Carnegie wrote a whole book about how to win friends and influence people. The sad truth is that I've never read past the second chapter, because in that chapter, Carnegie exhorts us to never criticize, condemn or complain. No criticizing of my own self. No condemning others. No complaining about lousy service or a sore knee.
Think about it. Never criticize, condemn or complain.

Honestly, there are times when I have nothing to say that isn't a criticism or a condemnation or a complaint. Living thisway feels like it may be my life's work. I try, and most of the time I fail. And then I try again, because on those days when I succeed at this, I am different. I am more productive. More loving. More fun. When I'm not criticizing or condemning or complaining I find and share more joy. More gratitude. More laughter.
Try it.
Your life will be better if you do.
Never Criticize, Condemn or Complain

Gossips- Passing Along Secrets


Passing along secrets, in today's media-rich society, feels natural. We are so bombarded by celebrity news, political rumors, and unsubstantiated insider information that gossip, on large and small scales, has become culturally acceptable. Personal information about others is often regarded as "too good not to share." Gossip, however, is far from harmless. Repeating something heard through the grapevine, telling a story full of unconfirmed information, or betraying a confidence can ruin reputations, destroy friendships, and cause deep emotional wounds. Many times, the gossiper has no hurtful intent and doesn't realize that their actions could have negative consequences.

Gossip is perpetuated for many reasons. Some people use gossip to turn attention away from their own inadequacies, while others use it to grow closer to their chosen group by excluding outsiders. And for many it is simply a form of cruelty that holds few ramifications. But gossip has never helped a victim, solved a problem, or lifted someone's spirit. More often, it is an assault on an individual's character and an invasion of privacy. Words become distorted as they travel from person to person. Luckily, we each have the power to thwart gossip by not believing the rumors we hear and by not passing discrediting information along. If you hear something negative about someone who is not present to defend themselves, ask yourself if what you're hearing is true or based on false information. Instead of accepting the truth of the statement, ask the subject directly. And, if you feel tempted to share the information, ask yourself what purpose sharing the information would serve.

Talking about someone or an occurrence does not always mean you are engaging in gossip. Sometimes, sharing positive information can help a person or build up their reputation. Most gossip is easy to identify because the information involved is hurtful or assumes a great deal. It is an unfortunate fact of life that people tend to spread information, but that information can stop with you. As with most things in life, it may take some practice to get out of the gossip habit. If you feel yourself slipping into gossip, stop, and try to say something nice instead.

Who is a Data Scientist? 14 statements to understand


Data scientist is a person who has the knowledge and skills to conduct sophisticated and systematic analyses of data. A data scientist extracts insights from data sets for product development, and evaluates and identifies strategic opportunities. Other popular definitions:

1 "A data scientist is that unique blend of skills that can both unlock the insights of data and tell a fantastic story via the data," — DJ Patil

2. "Data scientists are involved with gathering data, massaging it into a tractable form, making it tell its story, and presenting that story to others," — Mike Loukides

3. "A data scientist is a rare hybrid, a computer scientist with the programming abilities to build software to scrape, combine, and manage data from a variety of sources and a statistician who knows how to derive insights from the information within. S/he combines the skills to create new prototypes with the creativity and thoroughness to ask and answer the deepest questions about the data and what secrets it holds," — Jake Porway

4. "There's a joke running around on Twitter that the definition of a data scientist is 'a data analyst who lives in California," — Malcolm Chisholm

5. Data scientists are "analytically-minded, statistically and mathematically sophisticated data engineers who can infer insights into business and other complex systems out of large quantities of data," — Steve Hillion

6. "A data scientist is someone who blends, math, algorithms, and an understanding of human behavior with the ability to hack systems together to get answers to interesting human questions from data," — Hilary Mason

7. Data scientist is a "change agent." "A data scientists is part digital trendspotter and part storyteller stitching various pieces of information together." — Anjul Bhambhri

 8. "The definition of "data scientist" could be broadened to cover almost everyone who works with data in an organization. At the most basic level, you are a data scientist if you have the analytical skills and the tools to 'get' data, manipulate it and make decisions with it." — Pat Hanrahan

9. "By definition all scientists are data scientists. In my opinion, they are half hacker, half analyst, they use data to build products and find insights. It's Columbus meet Columbo – starry eyed explorers and skeptical detectives." — Monica Rogati.

10. "A data scientist is someone who can obtain, scrub, explore, model and interpret data, blending hacking, statistics and machine learning. Data scientists not only are adept at working with data, but appreciate data itself as a first-class product." — Daniel Tunkelang

11. An ideal data scientist is "someone who has the both the engineering skills to acquire and manage large data sets, and also has the statistician's skills to extract value from the large data sets and present that data to a large audience." — John Rauser

12. Data scientist is "someone who can bridge the raw data and the analysis – and make it accessible. It's a democratising role; by bringing the data to the people, you make the world just a little bit better," — Simon Rogers

13. "A data scientist is an engineer who employs the scientific method and applies data-discovery tools to find new insights in data. The scientific method—the formulation of a hypothesis, the testing, the careful design of experiments, the verification by others—is something they take from their knowledge of statistics and their training in scientific disciplines. The application (and tweaking) of tools comes from their engineering, or more specifically, computer science and programming background. The best data scientists are product and process innovators and sometimes, developers of new data-discovery tools," — Gil Press

14. "A data scientist represents an evolution from the business or data analyst role. The formal training is similar, with a solid foundation typically in computer science and applications, modeling, statistics, analytics and math. What sets the data scientist apart is strong business acumen, coupled with the ability to communicate findings to both business and IT leaders in a way that can influence how an organization approaches a business challenge.
Good data scientists will not just address business problems, they will pick the right problems that have the most value to the organization," — IBM researchers - See more at: bigdata-madesimple

Business: What is BYOD and why is it important? [Bring Your Own Device]

As many IT departments struggle to keep up with yearly technology changes, company employees increasingly want to use their own devices to access corporate data.

It's part of a growing trend dubbed Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which encompasses similar Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) and Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC) initiatives. All of them have evolved to empower workforces through the so-called 'consumerisation of IT'.

As part of this consumerisation, BYOD encourages company employees to work on the device they choose - accessing corporate email on their iPhone 5 or using a Google Nexus 7 to view text documents. The goal for SMBs? Increased productivity and reduced costs.

But BYOD also has a darker side. If not fully understood and regulated, it can threaten IT security and put a company's sensitive business systems at risk.

There are some key advantages to operating a BYOD strategy, including increased employee satisfaction (they can work more flexibly), cost savings (reduced hardware spend, software licensing and device maintenance) plus productivity gains (employees are happier, more comfortable and often work faster with their own technology).

As Mark Coates, EMEA VP at Good Technology, points out: "By enabling employees to securely and easily access corporate data on their own device, productivity levels will naturally increase. In terms of cost savings, there are huge benefits, since SMBs will not have to manage and fund a second device for employees."

Shaun Smith, technology practice director at Xceed Group, agrees. "At Xceed Group, allowing the use of consumer devices has helped improve both productivity and staff motivation," he says. But he also strikes a note of caution. "For a company to decide if a BYOD strategy would work for them they need to ensure due diligence is conducted - simply evaluating the benefits versus risks."

There are already several key players providing BYOD solutions, ranging from complete sandboxed access through to more lightweight (but user-friendly) solutions, which are policy-driven. The key issue is to guard against data loss or leakage.

Smith has some practical advice for anyone trying to develop a BYOD policy: "Where any device accesses or stores corporate data, a full risk assessment should be carried out against a variety of threats, and appropriate mitigations put in place. This could include anti-malware, encryption, passcodes, remote wipe, preventing jailbreaking, and sandboxing.

"Invest in a solution such as Good for Enterprise that offers BES (Blackberry Enterprise System)-like functionality to Apple and Android devices, partition all corporate applications and data on devices to restrict the ability to 'cut and copy', enforce eight digit alpha-numeric passwords with a special character and install VMware or Citrix virtual clients on tablets."

An effective BYOD solution will enable you to secure the data, not just the device. With this approach, IT departments need not worry about compromising security in the name of usability.

"All in all, [BYOD] is about being innovative and helping your employees to work better," says Coates. "Employees want to use the devices that they are comfortable with in the workplace. They want to have the same experience at work that they have at home. People are used to using applications now, rather than browser-based solutions. By giving employees what they want, companies will ultimately benefit."
Source: techradar

10 Awesome Features in Excel 2013


Helen Bradley
Microsoft's updated spreadsheet tool isn't getting a lot of new, whiz-bang features, but it is becoming more functional. That's something both new and experienced users will enjoy—especially a new approach to an old problem that used to require a cumbersome workaround. Complex tasks become easier to perform, thanks to tools such as Recommended Charts and Recommended PivotTables tools. Other changes place choices closer to your data, and use big-business brawn to crunch data right into Excel.
To help you get up to speed, read on for 10 new features that make your work easier in the new Excel. Want to know more about the new Office suite? You'll find our full review of Office 2013 here, as well 10 killer features in the new Word 2013 here.

1. Start screen sets the scene

Excel's new Start Screen helps you get to work more quickly. Along its left edge are the most recently used worksheets, any of which can be pinned to your Recent list so they will always be visible. Here, too, you can click Open Other Workbooks to access your files from a disk or the cloud. The Start Screen's top-right corner also shows the SkyDrive (or SharePoint) account you are currently connected to.
A range of templates appears here to help you quick start a project. These can also be pinned, or you can use the search feature to look online for other templates. A list of suggested searches can help you get started.
New users will appreciate the template choices, and existing users will likee the Recent file list and quick access to existing files. Although the Start Screen can be disabled, I find it useful enough to stick with it.
The Open tab has links to recently accessed files and locations.

2. Enjoy a new Backstage View

The Backstage View, introduced in Office 2010, is accessible from the File menu. In Excel this has been revamped to show exactly what you're doing so you can choose the appropriate task. 
The Open tab now gives you access to recently accessed workbooks, making it a combination of the Open and Recent tabs from Excel 2010. You can pin worksheets to this list or click Computer to access recently accessed locations (any of which you can pin permanently here, too). There's also access to your SkyDrive account, and the option to set up additional SkyDrive or SharePoint accounts.
Want to split first and last names into two columns? Look to the new Flash Fill feature.

3. Make Flash Fill magic

The most whiz-bang new feature is the Flash Fill tool. Its predictive data entry can detect patterns and extract and enter data that follows a recognizable pattern. It solves some common problems that currently require cumbersome workarounds to achieve.
One such problem is extracting a person's first name from a column of full names. In a blank column adjacent to the one that contains full names, you simply type the first name and then click the Home tab, and select Fill, Flash Fill. The first names of everyone in the list will be entered into that that column immediately. You can use the same process to extract last names, to join first and last names, to extract months, days or years from dates and even extract values from cells.  While you could have always done this with formulas, now Flash Fill ensures anyone can do it very quickly and easily.
Take the guess work out of which chart to choose to best display your data.

4. Simplify choices with Recommended Charts

This falls somewhere between a whiz-bang new feature and something that makes working in Excel more intuitive. Recommended Charts shows only a subset of chart types that are appropriate to the data you've selected. It will help inexperienced users create charts that help explain the data and don't confuse the viewer.
To use the tool, select the data that you want to chart, click the Insert tab and select Recommended Charts. A dialog appears with a range of charts to choose from—click each in turn to see how your data will look plotted on that chart. Select the desired option and click OK, and the chart is created automatically.
Change the look of your chart by selecting options from the pop-up menu.

5. Chart tools get smarter

In previous versions of Excel, when a chart is selected, the Chart Tools tab revealed three additional tabs: Design, Layout, and Format. The interface is simpler in Excel 2013, with only the Design and Format tabs to choose from.
In addition, a set of icons appears outside the top right edge of a chart when it is selected. Click any of these buttons—Chart  Elements, Chart Styles or Chart Filters—to reveal additional chart formatting options. Click Chart Elements to add or remove elements, such as axis titles and legends; click Chart Styles to change the style and color of your chart; or click Chart Filtersto view filtered data using a live preview.
Quick Analysis offers formatting, totals and charts for analyzing your data.

6. Quickly analyze your data

The new Quick Analysis tool can help both new and experienced users find options for working with selected data. To use it, select the data to analyze, and the Quick Analysis icon  appears in the bottom-right corner of the selected data.
Click that icon, and a dialog appears showing a range of tools for analyzing the data, such as Formatting, Charts, Totals, Tables and Sparklines. Click any option, and a series of selectable choices appear; preview those choices by mousing over them. Next, click the option you like to apply it to your data. This feature speeds up the process of formatting, charting and writing formulas.
PivotTables just became ridiculously simple to create.

7. Answer questions instantly with Pivot Tables

Pivot Tables are a powerful tool for analyzing and answering questions about  your data, but they're not easy for new users to create. For the first time, though, if you can click a mouse key, then you can create a meaningful Pivot Table, thanks to the new Recommended PivotTables. To use it, select your data, including headings, and choose Insert, Recommended PivotTables. A dialog appears showing a series of PivotTables with explanations of what they show. All you need do is to select the table that shows what you want to see, click OK,and the PivotTable is automatically drawn for you.
Excel 2013 now integrates Power View for beefy analysis and reporting.

8. Make quick reports with Power View

The Power View add-in, available for previous versions of Excel, is now integrated inside Excel 2013. Power View is typically used for analyzing large quantities of data brought in from external data sources—just  the sort of tool that big business might use.
Incorporated within Excel, it's now  accessible to anyone. To see it at work, select your data and choose Insert, Power View. The first time you use it, the feature installs automatically. Then a Power View sheet will be added to your workbook, and the analysis report will be created.
You can add a title and then filter the data and organize it to display the way you like. The Power View tab on the Ribbon toolbar displays report format options, such as Theme and text formats, as well View options for Field List and Filters Area panels that you can use to filter and sort your data.
Try to work on a worksheet that someone else is editing? You'll be warned that it's locked. You can view and download it, but can't change it.

9. Share files and work with other people

Working with other people on shared files in real time is a double-edged sword. While it's useful to do this, you will face problems when two people try to change the same item at the same time. In Excel 2013 you can share and work collaboratively on files with others via SkyDrive using the Excel WebApp, and multiple people can work on the same file at the same time. However, you cannot open a worksheet from SkyDrive in Excel 2013 on your local machine if someone else is currently working in the same worksheet. This protects the worksheet against conflicting changes.
Instead, if one person is editing an Excel file that's stored online, others with permission can view and download it, but they cannot change the original, whichis locked until the person working with it is finished.
Like other applications in the Office 2013 suite, Excel 2013 saves files by default to the cloud. You can open, view, and edit Excel files  online in a browser using the Excel WebApp without having Excel 2013 on the local hard drive.
Share your cloud-stored worksheets with friends on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

10. Share work to your social networks

Here's a handy way to share a to-do list, an event planning worksheet, or whatever spreadsheet you desire with your social network. You can now share Excel workbooks with Facebook and more from within Excel 2013 itself. To see the Post to Social Networks option, the best way to save the file first to SkyDrive.
If you haven't saved your file to SkyDrive, then choose File, Share, and click Invite People. You'll be stepped through the process of saving the file to the Cloud so that Save As options later appear automatically. Once this is done, you are returned to the Share panel where the Post to Social Networks option now appears. Here you can select any social network that you have linked to your Office 2013 account. You can select whether viewers can view or edit your shared worksheet, and you can include a message, and then post it for review.
Helen Bradley is a business and lifestyle writer, blogger, photographer; Photoshop and Lightroom professional; and an expat Australian.
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​ The Power of the Daily Ten Minutes

 by Leasa Mayer

It is astounding what can happen if you do something for 10 minutes a day, every single day.Something that really matters to you. Something that is going to help you achieve your goals, change your life, and make a difference in the world.

Since it is almost impossible to believe that this is true, you may want to stop reading right now and just try it. If you want a bit more convincing, please read on.

Pick a "thing." Really, anything at all that you wish you were doing but you're not. Exercising? Pick that. Writing a weekly blog post? Pick that. Growing your own garden? Pick that.
​Learning new software
? Pick that.

Once you have selected your target activity, all you have to do is spend 10 minutes doing it
​ ​
every single day.  Keep track. Write it down on your calendar after you've done your daily 10. The magic in this approach is three fold:

Most of us can convince ourselves to do nearly anything (even exercise) if we only have to do it for 10 minutes. Set the timer. When 10 minutes is up, you're done.

Once we get started, sometimes we get into the flow, and pretty soon we've actually accomplished something noteworthy.

A daily practice becomes a habit. Once it's a habit, you can pick a new "thing" to incorporate into your life.

So go ahead, devote 10 minutes of yourself every day to doing something important and see what happens. What do you have to lose? It's only 10 minutes!

Event professionals are creative, courageous communicators enabling positive change in our world.

Source: crgevents

Hard Work will guarantee my professional growth?

By Junaid Tahir

To be honest and straight forward with you, only hard work will NOT promote you in your professional life. There are several other aspects of your overall personality which are accounted for your growth. When I say overall personality, I mean your outer and inner personality. And when I say Outer personality, I mean your verbal (when you speak) and non-verbal (when you are not speaking) features of your personality. Together I call it "Corporate Image". In this article I shall cover sure fire techniques to improve your Corporate Image. But please bear in mind that the hardware will always be the prime and foremost aspect of your growth.  article written by Junaid.Tahir
Well, let us understand first why you should give importance to your official image?

Why Personal branding is important?
In your routine official life, you are being observed by your team lead, managers and/or senior managers on how you work, behave, speak, act, react, meet, greet, resolve and so on. All these observations are contributing towards your overall image. This image analysis is being done by the management for everyone. So when it comes to new opportunity or project in the department, it will be awarded to the one having good professional or corporate image.

Here are the things which you need to work on to promote your corporate image:

It all starts from your brain. Good Mind Good Find. It is as simple as that. Focusing on your thoughts will give maturity to your speech and actions which consequently would result in great personality. If you think you should only work on the physical appearance factor of your personality by looking nice through branded coats, pants and other accessories; it is going to result in a disaster since it will be equivalent to a bitter toffee in a nice wrap. Once the wrap is removed, the toffee is going to give a bad taste anyway.  You may want to read my article which addresses the issue in detail.

Try to get engaged in more and more projects. If you really want to do task you will find a way to do it, if you don't, you will find an excuse so grab more tasks; off course not at the cost of your family life. Try to meet expectation as much as possible. Done go to your boss with a problem without  solution. Develop skills such as problem solving, analytical Skills and creativity. Be efficient, confident, sharp, dynamic in your day to day life. article written by Junaid.Tahir

Be socially active, do not skip meetings. Try to give your positive and optimistic opinion as much as you can.  Say hello to everyone. Be enthusiastic, humorous and friendly. Do not miss any telephone calls.  Avoid reacting.  Treating everyone with equal respect, Avoid irritating & negative comments. Build a vocabulary of positive words. Use and practice these again and again. Develop effective communications skills.

Physical appearance matters a lot. Whether you are sitting in a meeting or walking in office or just working from your chair, you need to look confident. Your posture should portray your confident personality. When you are meeting with someone, try to work on your First Impression. Ask yourself whether the person is going to call you a Decent chap? Rough? Polite? Nice or what?.  Your way of handshaking, standing/sitting, smiling, eye contact, shoes, dressing, voice, physical fitness, remembering names matter a lot. Do you have old suits in your wardrobe? Get rid of them. Do you have old hair style for some time? Change it. Do you use same colors of clothes? Buy new. Do you talk too quietly or too loudly? Change your tone. article written by Junaid.Tahir. Remember, you dont need to be in high end tuxedo for great impression, you can acheive the same by haivng a simple life style.

Live an ethical life . Your personality should reminder others as a confident, honest, friendly, organized, creative, trust worthy and decent but mature person. Help others whenever it is required. Seek first to understand then to be understood. Don't impose your decisions on someone. Listen emphatically. Listen more and speak less. article written by Junaid.Tahir

Hard work is definitely the key to success however you need to work on several aspects of your personality to move on your professional ladder. Always remember that consistency in your actions is critically important. Your inconsistence behavior is an indication of your non-predictive personality due to which people won't trust you. If you would like to develop trust please read my article

Junaid Tahir, a telecom engineer and a blogger, writes articles on wisdom, happiness and stress management at his personal blog. His personal Google Group can be joined here. He is reachable at for any kind of suggestions and comments

How to Build Trust to empower relations

By Junaid Tahir
During my recent training on Management, the course of discussion slightly moved to the subject of Building Trust. Our trainer (my mentor as well) draw our attention to some important aspects of building trust. Since the idea of writing this article was originated during the training so I dedicate this article to my teacher, Georgie Collis, as she sowed the seed in my brain to produce this article.

So, before we go in to the details on how to develop trust, let us understand what Trust is.
Trust is the permanent certainty and confident expectation from someone for something. Lack of trust might lead to shattered relations so Trust is the most critical ingredient for strong relationship; the relation which can either be between Husband-Wife, Boss-Employee, Father-Son, Brother-Sister, supplier-customer and so on.

Here are some recommended behaviours which you need to demonstrate in order to develop trust:
1-    Being Responsible: ensure you are performing your day-to-day responsibilities and meeting the short-term and long term expectations by your dependants.
2-   Listen: Listen, Listen, Listen. God has given you two ears and one tongue so you listen more and speak less. Effective Listening is a skill; develop this habit. 
3-   Being Truthful: Be honest and fair. Don't deceive someone. Remember the fact that building trust is tough but it takes seconds to have scratches-in-the-jewel which usually is very hard to recover.
4-   Keeping Promise: your promise is your commitment with someone to do something, so don't break at any cost. In case you couldn't meet your promise, there is always a door for dialogue for re-consideration of things. In case of dialogues be fair, be truthful and be open. Confess the short comings on your end.
5-   Consistent behaviour: the ever changing attitude is an indication of your non-predictive personality which is an anti-trust drive. So be consistent in what you speak and what you do.  
6-   Apologizing behaviour: Sorry is the best medicine in healing relationship complications. In fact, Sorry and Thanks are the two golden words which my Kindergarten going son has refreshed for me which he learnt from school. Use them often and you will see massive improvements in your daily life.
What are your suggestions to develop Trust?

Story: The Indonesian Judge

An Indonesian judge by the name of Marzuki was sitting in judgment of an old lady who pleaded guilty of stealing some tapioca from a plantation.
In her defense, the old lady admitted to the Judge that she was indeed guilty of the crime because she was poor and her son was sick while her grandchild was hungry.

The plantation manager insisted that she be punished as a deterrent to others.

The judge going through the documents then looked up and said to the old lady, "I'm sorry but I cannot make any exception to the Law and you must be punished accordingly".

The old lady was fined Rp.1 million (USD 100) and if she could not pay the fine then she will be jailed for 2 1/2 years as demanded by the Law.
She wept as she could not pay the fine.

The Judge then took her hat and put in Rp.100,000 into the hat and said, "In the name of justice, I fine all present in the Court @ Rp.50,000 (USD 5.50) each as dwellers of this City for letting a child starve until her grandmother is compelled to steal to feed her grandchild. The Registrar will now collect the fines from all present."

The Court managed to collect Rp 3.5 million (USD 350) including the fine collected from the plantation manager, whereby the fine was paid off and the rest was given to the old lady!
Will we ever see such a thing happening in our courts ?

I've learnt.....that being kind is more important than being right. 

The Ultimate Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright

Stage performance is a challenging art form. Whether you're acting out a role in a theatre setting, giving a speech in front of a crowd, or even playing a solo at an open mic night, the experience can be nerve-wracking even for seasoned performers.

How to Overcome Stage Fright Infographic
Post Author: Erin R.
Erin teaches acting, singing, speaking voice, and more in San Diego, CA. She holds a B.A. from University of Minnesota in Vocal Performance, a M.A. in Education from National University, and has been teaching since 2007. Learn more about Erin here!
Image credit: Kian McKellar

An Introduction to Data Validation in Excel


Data Validation in Excel lets you control the data that can be entered in a cell. You can restrict the user to enter only a specified range of numbers or text or date.
You can also use data validation functionality to create drop down lists in Excel (which is definitely one of the coolest and most powerful features in Excel)
Accessing Data Validation in Excel
Data Validation in Excel can be accessed through the Data tab in the Ribbon.
Data Validation In Excel
In most cases, there are three situations where you would want to use Data Validation in Excel:
  • When you want to restrict data entry to certain numbers/text/dates. Data that does not meet the validation criteria is not allowed.
  • When you want to inform user whenever out-of-range data is entered. However, all kinds of data entry is allowed.
  • When you guide the user on what data to enter. All kinds of data entries are allowed.
Let's us go through these situations one by one:
When you want to restrict data entry to certain numbers/text/dates
Data validation allows you to specify a condition for data entry in a cell/cells in Excel. Once specified, it does not allow the user to enter anything that is out of that specified range. This feature can be accessed by opening the data validation dialogue box and selecting the Settings option
Data Validation In Excel Data Entry Restricted
In the drop-down list, you can choose the condition you want to apply for a range of cells
  • Any Value – Allows any value to be entered in a cell.
  • Whole Number – Allows only whole numbers to be entered, with additional conditions such as greater/less than, between/not between, equal to/not equal to.
  • Decimal – Allows numbers with decimals to be entered, with additional conditions such as greater/less than, between/not between, equal to/not equal to.
  • List – Creates a drop down by taking a list of items (through range selection or named range).
  • Date – Allows dates (or its number value) to be entered, with additional conditions such as greater/less than, between/not between, equal to/not equal to.
  • Time – Allows time (or its number  value) to be entered, with additional conditions such as greater/less than, between/not between, equal to/not equal to.
  • Text Length – Allows text with the condition on its length.
  • Custom – Allows values that meets the specified criteria. For example, if I use the formula =A1>10, then only numbers greater than 10 are allowed in cell A1.
Whenever you enter any data in a cell that violates the specified condition, it shows an error.
Data Validation in Excel - Error

When you want to inform user whenever out-of-range data is entered (all kinds of data entry is allowed)
While the earlier section was about restricting the user to a specified range while entering data, this section is about warning the user if any out-of-range data is entered. However, the data entry is still allowed. This can be enabled by changing the error message settings.
You can customize the error message by going to the Error Alert tab in the Data Validation dialogue box. There are three options:
  • Stop Error – Displays the stop error and does not let user enter the data which is out of the specified range.
  • Warning Error – Displays the warning error but lets user enter the data which is out of the specified range.
  • Information Error – Displays the information error but lets user enter the data which is out of the specified range.
Data Validation in Excel - Error Messages Types

When You Guide the User on What Data to Enter (all kinds of data entry is allowed)
Suppose you have a list of employees and you want to get their joining date. There could be multiple formats to enter the date (such as 01/01/2014, or 01 Jan, 2014, or 1st Jan 2014). However, for the sake of consistency, it is better to get all the dates in one format. However, it is alright of people enter it in any other format, as capturing the data is of prime importance.
Data Validation In Excel Display Message
Here is how this can be done:
  1. Select any cell and then go to Data tab –> Data Validation
  2. In Data Validation dialogue box, select Input Message tab
  3. Ensure that 'Show input message when cell is selected' check box is selected
  4. In the Input message tab, enter Title (max 32 characters, optional) and Input Message (max 256 characters)
    Data Validation In Excel Display Message Dialogue Box
  5. Click ok. Now whenever you either click on the cell or select it using keyboard, it would display the message.
Caution: If you move the message box from its position, then all the message box will be shown at that position only. So it is safe not to move the message box.
Source: trumpexcel