Draw Your Future

How often your mind dwells  on problems more so than possibilities?

What we focus on expands..

Think about it. Your brain is the most complex organ ever created. It has ability to scan through millions of images and pieces of information constantly.

It filters out 99% of that information using an amazing algorithm that understands the picture you want to visualize.

It may sound paradoxical but constant focus and visualization involving your life problems tend to bring more of the same. On the other hand, if you think of possibilities that exist more so than problems — or hurdles that are along the way– possibilities turn into reality.

I have experienced that time and again in my own life.

You have power to choose problems or possibilities.

Have you experienced inner war between your active negative self-talk that has stopped you from taking action?

May be that you wanted to change your profession from an artist to a programmer but your inner narrator threw million reasons to make you think otherwise. I am sure we can all relate to this in our lives.

Left brain is logical but often it is the one stopping you from achieving your dreams. Right brain is creative. It thrives on drawing the future you want to have.

Draw the future you want to live and act every singly day to make it a reality.

Timeless Wisdom: Quotes that Can Change Your Life

timeless wisdomI just published my first Kindle book. Amazon has not only revolutionized our online buying experience but also entire publishing industry. You don’t need a publisher to write a book anymore.

That said, mini books are becoming popular as you can read books in small bites and improve your knowledge constantly.

Timeless wisdom from legends of the past still exists in their inspirational quotes. I cherish that wisdom and try to understand how these quotes can help us live a simple, purpose driven life.

Warren Buffett is known as Oracle of Omaha for a reason. He has amassed wealth that we can only dream of. Yet, he lives a simple life. He teaches us that happiness is a byproduct of work that you enjoy doing.

If I have to think of a role model to prove the fallacy of IQ when it comes to human achievement, Forrest Gump leads the pack. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor, became the world ping-pong champion, got President Nixon impeached, built a national shrimping empire — made a fortune with his investment in Apple Computers, and, last but not least, taught Elvis how to dance!

Wisdom from inspirational quotes fills your mind with positivity and positive mind is essential for your happiness and success.

We think of our health daily as healthy life is essential for our survival and growth; yet we seldom think how critical role our mind plays for our health and success.

A recent research paper published online in September 2013 in a journal of the American Heart Association shows that even for people dealing with heart disease — the number one killer of adults in this country — a positive outlook means living longer and stronger, or as we say, living younger.

My humble effort in this book is to offer inspiration and advice drawn from the greatest minds, all with an eye towards what you and I can learn so we can make our own success story.

This book is not to preach you my way of thinking or lecture you on how to improve your life; it is about timeless wisdom that can help you fight worst adversities in your life; it is about the best advice you can get from the smartest minds.

We create our own reality and we have greatest gift as a human-being to choose our actions. Our actions define our destiny. I read these inspirational quotes to help me create a reality between my two ears so that I can choose wisely. I hope that you will too!

You can download book for free until December 31st so enjoy your holidays with soup of inspiration from great minds!

P.S. Please write a review if you like the book! I appreciate the favor.

Free Amazon Kindle book download link

My Thoughts on Personal Growth

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Have you felt nostalgic whenever you looked at an old album buried somewhere in your closet? Have you relived those moments of happiness when you went back in the past to rejuvenate those happy moments with your siblings or your best friend in the high school? We all have.

Blogging has been somewhat of an integral part of my life ever since I launched this blog. And, obviously, I have special feelings for this blog and those friends that I made friendship with in the first thrilling nine months of blogging back in 2008.

A woman from South Africa wrote me shortly after I stopped writing in late 2008. She told me that I made a difference in her life and requested to rethink about my decision not to write. My decision to stop writing was due to the fact that I had lots of traffic on the blog, but I had not found a way to monetize it. That email reminded me that life is larger than making money. I felt humble as I never imagined that my writing can have such a profound impact.

I now write regularly on Street Smart Finance, but I believe that personal finance is not about finance at all. It’s not about money, it’s about not allowing your personal finance to influence your pathway to happiness; it’s about how you choose to live a simple, happy life. That’s the purpose I strive to achieve every day.  That’s the purpose worth living for.

I have decided to recollect articles that I have written for various well-known blogs to create an album of my thoughts, if you will. My goal going forward is to focus on every aspect of my life that provides inner, simple and lasting happiness.

1.  Mahatma Gandhi’s 5 Teachings To Bring About World Peace on Zen Habits

“If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought, acted and inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have you ever dreamed about a joyful world with peace and prosperity for all Mankind – a world in which we respect and love each other despite the differences in our culture, religion and way of life?

2. 5 Ways to Bury a Great Idea  on Pick The Brain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

We are all born with the gift of discernment; a talent to visualize what is obscure. Why then do we see people with incredible talent fail in achieving what their mind is capable of? The smartest amongst us who fail to throw off the bowlines and sail away from the safe harbor baffle me. They’re the intellect without persona to explore, dream, and discover possibly the greatest idea that amused their mind.

3. 14 Simple Ways to Super Charge Your Brain on Dumb Little Man

Have you ever felt exasperated when you bumped into someone at the store but absolutely couldn’t remember their name? Sure, it happens to all of us.
Despite being the strongest computer on the planet, our brains do lapse. It’s hard to blame them really. As humans, we spend much of or existence stuffing our brains with stuff. Some stuff is worthless, some of it’s meaningful, some of it, well, it’s just stuff and there is an endless amount of it.

4. 5 Signs of a Stress Ridden Mind  on The Change Blog

“No man is free who is not master of himself”- Epictetus, Greek Philosopher

There is a plethora of stress in our lives these days. Divorce, layoffs, threats of terrorism – these are just a few of the many things that can leave our mind, body and soul feeling anxious.

Stress is not necessarily a bad thing. It can be essential form of our emotional state for balanced growth in our life. A conscious form of stress motivates us, prepares us for things we have to face, and sometimes give us energy to take action when we need to. However, excessive stress can hinder our ability to set goals, focus on what we want to achieve and to live in harmony with our family.

5. 3 Ways to Identify and Master the Bug of Creative Procrastination  on The Change Blog

Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday – Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American speaker and motivational writer.

Procrastination is a term that needs no introduction. I’ve lived much of my life battling this bug, and I have come to believe that it grows from a fear of action.

Creative procrastination is a trick our mind plays to defer things we should do now until the future with an abstract goal to banish our desire.

6. 4 Reasons Why Blogging is a Noble Passion on LifeHack.org

I initially began the blog with a 20% desire to help others, and 80% to cynically make the kind of money the A-list bloggers are making. – Urban Monk.net

I began blogging four months ago with the intention to share my success in life with others and, of course, to earn residual income from the content creation. As I reflect on this short journey, I realize that blogging is more of a noble passion than merely a tool to earn income. I’ve been in business for a while but I’ve never had a passion that kindled my heart as intensely until I began blogging. Being an engineer by education and hotelier as an entrepreneur, I have a passion for people and for enhancing human values that make life a memorable voyage.

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