Monday, 30 November 2015

AutoCAD command


When a drawing is in a Perspective view,
starts the interactive 3D view and enables you to
drag the view horizontally and vertically.
3DOSMODEDetermines which 3D object snaps are enabled.
ACISOUTExports solid objects to an ACIS file.
ADCENTERManages content.
ARCCreates an arc.
ARCHIVEPackages the current sheet set files for storage.
ARRAYCreates multiple copies of objects in a pattern.
ARRAYEDITEdits multiple copies of objects in a pattern.
ATTACHInserts references to external files such as other
drawings, raster images, and underlays.
ATTACHAllows the user to insert various file types as
attachments or underlays into a DWG file.
-ATTACHAllows the user to insert various file types as
attachments or underlays into a DWG file from
the command prompt.
ATTDIAControls whether the INSERT command uses
a dialog box for attribute value entry.
BINDTYPEControls how xref names are handled when
binding xrefs or editing xrefs in place.
CHAMFERBevels the edges of objects.
CLIPCrops selected objects such as blocks,
external references, images, viewports, and
underlays to a specified boundary.
CLIPAllows the user to clip viewports, xrefs, DWF,
DWFx and DGN underlays, PDF underlays and
point clouds.
CLIPROMPTUPDATEControls whether the command line displays
the messages and prompts generated while
an AutoLISP or script file is being executed.
CONVERTPSTYLESConverts the current drawing to either named or
color-dependent plot styles.
DIMBASELINECreates a linear, angular, or ordinate dimension
from the baseline of the previous or selected
DIMCONTINUECreates a dimension that starts from an
extension line of a previously created dimension.
DIMCONTINUEMODEDetermines whether the dimension style and layer
of a continued or baseline dimension is inherited
from the dimension that is being continued.
DWGCONVERTConverts drawing format version for selected
drawing files.
ETRANSMITPackages a set of files for Internet transmission.
EXTERNALREFERENCESOpens the External References palette,
which manages external references in the drawing.
FILLETRounds and fillets the edges of objects.
FRAMEControls the display of frames for all images,
map images, underlays, clipped xrefs, and
wipeout objects.
FRAMESELECTIONControls whether the hidden frame of an image,
underlay, clipped xref, clipped point cloud,
or wipeout can be selected.
GEOGRAPHICLOCATIONAssigns geographic location information to a
drawing file.

GEOREORIENTMARKERChanges the north direction and position of the
geographic marker in model space, without
changing its latitude and longitude.
GRAPHICSCONFIGProvides access to display performance-related
HATCHFills an enclosed area or selected objects with
a hatch pattern, solid fill, or gradient fill.
-HATCHEDITModifies an existing hatch object from
command line.
IMAGEADJUSTControls the brightness, contrast, and fade
values of images.
IMAGEFRAMEControls whether image frames are displayed
and plotted.
LATITUDESpecifies the latitude of the geographic marker.
LAYERManages layers and layer properties.
LISTDisplays property data for selected objects.
LONGITUDESpecifies the longitude of the geographic marker.
MLEADERCreates a line that connects annotation to a feature.
MOVEDisplaces objects a specified distance in a specified
MTEDITEdits multiline text.
MTEXTCreates a multiline text object.

NEWSHEETSETCreates a new sheet set data file that manages
drawing layouts, file paths, and project data.
NORTHDIRECTIONSpecifies the angle between the Y axis of WCS and
the grid north.
ONLINESYNCTIMEControls the time interval for synchronizing current
customization settings with your Autodesk account.
OPTIONSCustomizes the program settings.
OSOPTIONSControls whether objects snaps are suppressed
on hatch objects, geometry with negative Z values,
or dimension extension lines.
OVERKILLRemoves duplicate or overlapping lines, arcs,
and polylines.
Also, combines partially overlapping or contiguous ones.
PICKAUTOControls automatic windowing for object selection.
POINTCLOUDATTACHInserts an indexed rcs (single scan) or rcp
(multiple scan project) file from Autodesk ReCap
in the current drawing.
POINTCLOUDATTACHInserts an indexed point cloud file into the
current drawing.
POINTCLOUDAUTOUPDATEControls whether a legacy point cloud is regenerated
automatically after manipulation, panning, zooming,
or orbiting.
POINTCLOUDBOUNDARYControls whether the point cloud bounding box is
POINTCLOUDCACHESIZESpecifies amount of memory (in megabytes) that the
internal processing engine will use for point clouds.
POINTCLOUDCLIPFRAMEDetermines whether point cloud clipping boundaries
for legacy (PCG, ISD and RCP) point clouds are
visible or plotted in the current drawing.
POINTCLOUDDENSITYControls the percentage of points displayed for
all legacy point clouds in the drawing view.
POINTCLOUDDENSITYControls the percentage of points displayed at once
for all point clouds in the drawing .
POINTCLOUDINDEXCreates a point cloud (PCG or ISD) file from a scan file.
POINTCLOUDPOINTMAXSets the maximum number of points that can be
displayed for all point clouds attached to the drawing.
POINTCLOUDRTDENSITYImproves performance by degrading the number
of points displayed while zooming, panning,
or orbiting.
POINTCLOUDRTDENSITYControls the percentage of points displayed during
real time zoom, pan, and orbit functions.
PRESSPULLDynamically modifies objects by extrusion and
PREVIEWFILTERExcludes specified object types from selection
PROPERTIESDisplays the properties of the selected object or
set of objects.

PURGERemoves unused named items, such as block
definitions and layers, from the drawing.
RENAMEChanges the names of objects
-RENAMEChanges the names of objects from command line.
ROTATEMoves objects about a base point.
SECURITYOPTIONSSpecifies password or digital signature options for a
drawing file.
SELECTIONPREVIEWLIMITLimits the number of objects that can display
preview highlighting during a window or
crossing selection.
SNAPGRIDLEGACYControls whether the cursor snaps to the snap grid
only when an operation is in progress.
SPACESWITCHControls whether model space can be accessed
by double-clicking in a layout viewport.
STARTUPControls what displays when the application is
started, or when a new drawing is opened.
STATUSBARControls the display of the status bar.
STYLECreates named styles.
SUBOBJSELECTIONMODEFilters the 3D subobject types that are selected
with CTRL+click.
TABLECreates an empty table object in a drawing.
TEXTCreates a single-line text object.
TEXTDisplays text on screen as it is entered.
TEXTTOFRONTBrings text and dimensions in front of all other
objects in the drawing.
THUMBSIZEControls the maximum size of thumbnail preview
which can be stored.
UNDOReverses the effect of commands.
VIEWBASECreates a base drawing view from model space or
Autodesk Inventor models.
VIEWEDITEdits an existing drawing view.
VIEWPROJCreates a projected view from an existing
drawing view.
VIEWSTDConfigures the drafting standard used by new
drawing views.
VIEWUPDATEUpdates selected drawing views that have become
out of date because the source model has changed.
WELCOMESCREENDisplays the Welcome window when you start
the program.
XDWGFADECTLControls the dimming for all DWG xrefs.
XFADECTLControls the fading intensity percentage for
references being edited in-place.
-XREFFrom the Command prompt, manages
external references.
XREFNOTIFYControls the notification for updated or missing

Heaven and Hell by Master Lin Chi

A Japanese king went to see Master Lin Chi. He touched the feet of the master and before he could say anything, Lin Chi said, “You idiot! You don’t know even manners.”

The king completely forgot for what he had come. He pulled out his sword, and Lin Chi laughed. He said, “You have forgotten your question. Now I remind you” — because the king had sent his prime minister before him to inform Lin Chi that he is coming and his question is, “What is hell and what is heaven?” Now, when the sword was just about to fall on his neck, Lin Chi said, “Wait a minute! This is the door of hell.”

The king was shocked. His hand stopped. He put back the sword in the sheath, and Lin Chi said, “That is the door of heaven. You had forgotten your question, but your prime minister told me. It was good that he told me before, otherwise you would have killed a poor man unnecessarily, and you would have suffered hell — because hell is not anywhere else but in your ego. When I said, `You idiot!’ what was the trouble? Why did you become so angry? Who was hurt? It is your ego that was hurt.”


If you don’t have any ego, it doesn’t matter whether somebody says you are an idiot or somebody says you are a genius. It does not matter… they are their opinions. You know who you are — you don’t depend on other people’s opinions. Your ego depends. Your ego keeps you a slave of the society in which you live. Ordinarily people think that their ego is something very precious. It is nothing but their slavery.

A man becomes independent and free and individual only when he has dropped his ego, when he is just a silent being, without any idea of “I” — just a pure silence… THIS silence. And if in this silence you look inward, you will not find any “I,” any ego, any self, but just a pure space.
This pure space is your spirituality. This pure space is your enlightenment. This pure space is your ultimate ecstasy.

The ego is preventing everything. Ego is making you a beggar, while you are an emperor of a great empire. Of course, that empire does not belong to the outside world; it is in your own being, but its vastness is as big as the universe itself. Your ego is keeping you encaged, imprisoned. Don’t nourish it… and I am saying it because I know it is everybody’s possibility not to nourish the ego and to get out into the open sky. Nivedano, learn to laugh at your own ego. The moment you are gripped by your ego, relax and have a good laugh.

And don’t be worried… and I know you are crazy, you will not be worried what people think about you. But if you can laugh at your ego, that is the best way to kill it. Don’t be serious about your ego, because that is very nourishing food for the ego. That’s why all egoists are serious people.
The people who can laugh and enjoy and be playful are never egoists. It is on this particular point that I disagree with all the religions of the world. They have made people’s egos very strong by teaching them to be serious about life.

My effort is to erase the tremendous impact of millions of years of religious training. On the one hand they say, “Drop the ego,” and on the other hand they don’t allow the childlike playfulness…. On the one hand they go on insisting, “Drop the ego,” and on the other hand they don’t have any sense of humor.

No religion in the world has accepted a sense of humor as one of the fundamental religious qualities. I accept it, and I want that no religion can possibly exist in the future unless it has as a fundamental quality the sense of humor. A religion without laughter… a God who cannot laugh and dance and sing is not worthy of being God. Send him to hell!

A Great Thief

There once was a man who went to a computer trade show. Each day as he entered, the man told the guard at the door:
“I am a great thief, renowned for my feats of shoplifting. Be forewarned, for this trade show shall not escape me unplundered. ”
This speech disturbed the guard greatly, because there were millions of dollars of computer equipment inside, so he watched the man carefully. But the man merely wandered from booth to booth, humming quietly to himself.

When the man left, the guard took him aside and searched his clothes, but nothing was to be found.
On the next day of the trade show, the man returned and chided the guard, saying, “I escaped with a vast booty yesterday, but today will be even better.” So the guard watched him ever more closely, but to no avail.
On the final day of the trade show, the guard could restrain his curiosity no longer. “Sir Thief,” he said, “I am so perplexed, I cannot live in peace. Please enlighten me. What is it that you are stealing?”
The man smiled. “I am stealing ideas,” he said.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Security Credit Debit and ATM Card

Report lost or stolen card immediately to the bank

Sign your  card on the signature panel

Never share your pin

Never share your personal information

Keep your card away from magnet

Do not share your card number


Change your PIN regularly

Shop with HTTPS website   

Do not share your account password

Be aware of suspicious email never click link of open attachment of unknown email

Download mobile applications from known source   

Be aware of security settings of your browser

Check your account often

Cut expired credit cards through their magnetic strip

Keep receipts of your purchase

Stand close to ATM machine while entering the PIN

Do not take help from strangers while using ATM machine

After pressing cancel key wait till the welcome screen

Destroy your transaction slip immediately

Register your mobile number to bank to get the transaction details

Use license software only

Change password once in three months

Tortoise and the Hare

Once upon a time a tortoise and a hare had an argument about who was faster. They decided to settle the argument with a race. They agreed on a route and started off the race.

The hare shot ahead and ran briskly for some time. Then seeing that he was far ahead of the tortoise, he thought he’d sit under a tree for some time and relax before continuing the race. He sat under the tree and soon fell asleep. The tortoise plodding on overtook him and soon finished the race, emerging as the undisputed champ.

The hare woke up and realized that he’d lost the race.

The moral- “Slow and steady wins the race. This is the version of the story that we’ve all grown up with.”


there are few more interesting things… continues as follows……

The hare was disappointed at losing the race and he did some soul-searching.

He realized that he’d lost the race only because he had been overconfident, careless and lax.

If he had not taken things for granted, there’s no way the tortoise could have beaten him. So he challenged the tortoise to another race.

The tortoise agreed. This time, the hare went all out and ran without stopping from start to finish. He won by several miles.

The moral – ” Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady. It’s good to be slow and steady; but it’s better to be fast and reliable.”



The tortoise did some thinking this time, and realized that there’s no way it can beat the hare in a race the way it was currently formatted.

It thought for a while, and then challenged the hare to another race, but on a slightly different route. The hare agreed. They started off. In keeping with his self-made commitment to be consistently fast, the hare took off and ran at top speed until he came to a broad river. The finishing line was a couple of kilometres on the other side of the river. The hare sat there wondering what to do. In the meantime the tortoise trundled along, got into the river, swam to the opposite bank, continued walking and finished the race.

The moral – “First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency.”


The hare and the tortoise, by this time, had become pretty good friends and they did some thinking together.

Both realized that the last race could have been run much better. So they decided to do the last race again, but to run as a team this time.

They started off, and this time the hare carried the tortoise till the riverbank. There, the tortoise took over and swam across with the hare on his back. On the opposite bank, the hare again carried the tortoise and they reached the finishing line together. They both felt a greater sense of satisfaction than they’d felt earlier.

The moral – “It’s good to be individually brilliant and to have strong core competencies; but unless you’re able to work in a team and harness each other’s core competencies, you’ll always perform below par because there will always be situations at which you’ll do poorly and someone else does well.

Teamwork is mainly about situational leadership, letting the person with the relevant core competency for a situation take leadership.

Note that neither the hare nor the tortoise gave up after failures. The hare decided to work harder and put in more effort after his failure. The tortoise changed his strategy because he was already working as hard as he could.”

In life, when faced with failure,

sometimes it is appropriate to work harder and put in more effort.

Sometimes it is appropriate to change strategy and try something different.

And sometimes it is appropriate to do both.

The hare and the tortoise also learnt another vital lesson

When we stop competing against a rival and instead start competing against the situation, we perform far better.

The Solitary Reaper by William Wordsworth

Behold her, single in the field,
Yon solitary Highland Lass!
Reaping and singing by herself;
Stop here, or gently pass!
Alone she cuts and binds the grain,
And sings a melancholy strain;
O listen! for the Vale profound
Is overflowing with the sound.


No Nightingale did ever chaunt
More welcome notes to weary bands
Of travellers in some shady haunt,
Among Arabian sands:
A voice so thrilling ne'er was heard
In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird,
Breaking the silence of the seas
Among the farthest Hebrides.

Will no one tell me what she sings?—
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
For old, unhappy, far-off things,
And battles long ago:
Or is it some more humble lay,
Familiar matter of to-day?
Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
That has been, and may be again?

Whate'er the theme, the Maiden sang
As if her song could have no ending;
I saw her singing at her work,
And o'er the sickle bending;—
I listened, motionless and still;
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

To celebrate growing older

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote few lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

4. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

5. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

6. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.


7. Make peace with your past so it won't mess up  up the present.

8. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

9. Take a deep breath every now and then. It calms the mind.

10. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

11. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

12. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

13. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

14. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy clothes. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

17. Always choose life.

18. Forgive others and yourself.

19. What other people think of you is none of your business.

20. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

21. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

22. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

23. Believe in miracles.

24. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

25. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

26. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

27. Your children get only one childhood.

28. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

29. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

30. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need

31. The best is yet to come...

32. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

33. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Its worth reading again & again, as & when you can. 😊😊

The Seven Ages of Man by William Shakespeare

Poem lyrics of Seven Ages Of Man by William Shakespeare.

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
Then, the whining schoolboy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad

Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice
In fair round belly, with good capon lin’d,
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws, and modern instances,
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side,
His youthful hose well sav’d, a world too wide,
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again towards childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Rubiks Cube

Solving The Rubik's Cube Made Easy

There is only 1 correct answer and 43 Quintilian wrong ones for Rubik's Cube.

In 1974, Hungarian professor Erno Rubik designed a small cube, with moving pieces, to help his students study three-dimensional geometry.

In a classic Rubik's Cube, each of the six faces is covered by nine stickers, each of one of six solid colors: white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow. In currently sold models, white is opposite yellow, blue is opposite green, and orange is opposite red, and the red, white and blue are arranged in that order in a clockwise arrangement

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Autumn by Kalidasa

The autumn comes, a maiden fair
In slenderness and grace,
With nodding rice-stems in her hair
And lilies in her face.
In flowers of grasses she is clad;
And as she moves along,
Birds greet her with their cooing glad
Like bracelets’ tinkling song.

A diadem adorns the night
Of multitudinous stars;
Her silken robe is white moonlight,
Set free from cloudy bars;
And on her face (the radiant moon)
Bewitching smiles are shown:
She seems a slender maid, who soon
Will be a woman grown.


Over the rice-fields, laden plants
Are shivering to the breeze;
While in his brisk caresses dance
The blossomed-burdened trees;
He ruffles every lily-pond
Where blossoms kiss and part,
And stirs with lover’s fancies fond
The young man’s eager heart.

by: Kalidasa (c. 500)

This English translation of “Autumn” was composed by Arthur W. Ryder (1877-1938).

Introduction to REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy)

Introduction to REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy)

REBT stand for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy.
REBt was designed by Dr Albert Ellis in 1955.

Principles of REBT are (what you will gain in learning REBT) -
1) You will feel better more often.
2) Feel bad less.
3) Achieve more things important to you.

REBT is based on the idea of Epictetus that 'People are disturb not by events, but by the views which they take from them.'

These series of videos will give you and idea to understand

What makes you angry?

How to come out of guilt, (as per ABC theory)

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How to be handle frustration, (as per ABC theory)

This course is for all those who would like to know how to handle negative emotions and conditions.

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Swami Vivekananda Quotes - Teachings - Thoughts - Sayings - Philosophy

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea.Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.

In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.

The greatest sin is to think yourself weak

Anything that makes weak - physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.

Strength is Life, Weakness is Death

The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.

All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.

Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it.

Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.

Take Risks in Your Life If u Win, U Can Lead! If u Lose, U Can Guide!

There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point

The brain and muscles must develop simultaneously.Iron nerves with an intelligent brain — and the whole world is at your feet.

A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to.

Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others.

More Quotes -

Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes - Teachings - Thoughts - Sayings - Philosophy

Without music, life would be a mistake.

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.

There are no facts, only interpretations.

The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man?

There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.

A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.


Become who you are!

Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.

More Quotes -

Monday, 23 November 2015

Leadership and Management by Stephen R. Covey

Leadership and Management are two different things. 
Leadership is not management. 
Leadership has to come first.
Management is a bottom-line focus: How can I best accomplish certain things? 
Leadership deals with the top line: What are the things I want to accomplish? 

In the words of both Peter Drucker and  Warren Bennis, “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

The leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells, “Wrong jungle!” But how do the busy, efficient producers and managers often respond? “Shut up! We’re making progress.”


At the final session of a year-long executive development program in Seattle, the president of an oil company came up to me and said, “Stephen, when you pointed out the difference between leadership and management in the second month, I looked at my role as the president of this company and realized that I had never been into leadership. I was deep into management, buried by pressing challenges and the details of day-to-day logistics. So I decided to withdraw from management. I could get other people to do that. I wanted to really lead my organization.
“It was hard. I went through withdrawal pains because I stopped dealing with a lot of the pressing, urgent matters that were right in front of me and which gave me a sense of immediate accomplishment. I didn’t receive much satisfaction as I started wrestling with the direction issues, the culture-building issues, the deep analysis of problems, the seizing of new opportunities. Others also went through withdrawal pains from their working style comfort zones. They missed the easy accessibility I had given them before. They still wanted me to be available to them, to respond, to help solve their problems on a day-to-day basis.”
“But I persisted. I was absolutely convinced that I needed to provide leadership. And I did. Today our whole business is different. We’re more in line with our environment. We have doubled our revenues and quadrupled our profits. I’m into leadership.”
I’m convinced that too often parents are also trapped in the management paradigm, thinking of control, efficiency, and rules instead of direction, purpose, and family feeling.
And leadership is even more lacking in our personal lives. We’re into managing with efficiency, setting and achieving goals before we have even clarified our values.”

Extracts from the Seven Habits of Highly effective People
By Stephen R. Covey

Wipro chief’s 10-point recipe for success

Wipro chairman Azim H Premji, one of India’s most successful entrepreneurs, on Friday prescribed a 10-point recipe for success, based on the very lessons he had learnt during his last 35 years in the organization.

“You should dare to dream, define what you stand for, never lose your zest and curiosity, always strive for excellence, build self confidence, learn to work in teams, take care of yourself, preserve, have a broader social vision and finally never let success go to your head,” Premji said.
The Wipro chairman was delivering the convocation address at the 38 the convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Following is the entire text of the convocation address made by Premji:
I am privileged to be with you here today and to share this significant moment of your life.
The convocation marks the culmination of all the endless nights you worked through, all the anxieties you have gone through facing one examination after another and all the preparation you have put in, not only to enter this prestigious institution but also to graduate from it successfully. It is no mean achievement.

Only a handful of the most talented people in the world have shared this success with you. Let me just say that I am very proud of each and every one of you.

I am a little wary about giving you advice- because advice is one thing young people all over the world do not like receiving. I cannot fault you for that.

The world does look very different when it is seen with your eyes. You are filled with enthusiasm and are straining at the leash to get on with life.

And the world is very different from what it was when I was at your age. Never before has the role of technology been so pervasive and so central. The Internet has breached all physical borders and connected the world together like no other force has done before.

For the first time, opportunities for creating wealth in India are at par with the best in world. There is no need for you to sacrifice the joy of remaining in your own country any more.

All opportunities are accompanied by their own challenges. I thought I would share with you a few of the lessons I have learnt in my own life, while loading the transformation at Wipro, from a small company three and a half decades back into a global corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange. I hope you find them useful.

Lesson # 1: Dare to dream

When I entered Wipro at the age of 21, it was a sudden and unexpected event. I had
no warning of what lay ahead of me and I was caught completely unprepared. All I had with me was a dream.
A dream of building a great Organisation. It compensated for my inexperience and I guess, also prevented me from being overwhelmed by the enormity of the task before me.
What I am happy is that we never stopped dreaming. Even when we achieved a position of leadership in every business we operated in India. We now have a dream of becoming one of the top 10 global it service companies.
Many people wonder whether having unrealistic dreams is foolish. My reply to that is dreams by themselves can never be realistic or safe. If they were, they would not be dreams. I do agree that one must have strategies to execute dreams. And, of course, one must slog to transform dreams into reality. But dreams come first.
What saddens me most is to see young, bright people getting completely disillusioned by a few initial setbacks and slowly turning cynical and some of them want to migrate to America in the hope this is the solution.
It requires courage to keep dreaming. And that is when dreams are most needed- not when everything is going right, but when just about everything is going wrong.

Lesson # 2: Define what you stand for

While success is important, it can become enduring only if it is built on a strong foundation of Values. Define what you stand for as early as possible and do not compromise with it for any reason. Nobody can enjoy the fruits of success if you have to argue with your own conscience.
In Wipro, we defined our Beliefs long before it became a fashion to do so. It not only helped us in becoming more resilient to stand up to crises we faced along the way, but it also helped us in attracting the right kind of people.
Eventually, we realised that our values made eminent business sense. Values help in clarifying what everyone should do or not do in any business situation. It saves enormous time and effort because each issue does not have to be individually debated at length.
But remember that values are meaningful only if you practice them. People may listen to what you say but they will believe what you do. Values are a matter of trust. They must be reflected in each one of your actions. Trust takes a long time to build but can be lost quickly by just one inconsistent act.

Lesson #3: Never lose your zest and curiosity

All the available knowledge in the world is accelerating at a phenomenal rate. The whole world’s codified knowledge base (all documented information in library books and electronic files) doubled every 30 years in the early 20th century.
By the 1970s, the world’s knowledge base doubled every seven years. Information researchers predict that by the year 2010, the world’s codified knowledge will double every 11 hours.
Remaining on top of what you need to know will become one of the greatest challenges for you.
The natural zest and curiosity for learning is one of the greatest drivers for keeping updated on knowledge. A child’s curiosity is insatiable because every new object is a thing of wonder and mystery. The same zest is needed to keep learning new things.
I personally spend at least ten hours every week on reading. If I do not do that, I find myself quickly outdated.


Lesson # 4: Always strive for excellence

There is a tremendous difference between being good and being excellent in whatever you do. In the world of tomorrow, just being good is not good enough.
One of the greatest advantages of globalisation is that it has brought in completely different standards. Being the best in the country is not enough; one has to be the best in the world. Excellence is a moving target. One has to constantly raise the bar.
In the knowledge-based industries, India has the unique advantage of being a quality leader. just like japan was able to win in the overseas market with its quality leadership in automobile manufacturing, india has been able to do the same in information technology.
At Wipro, we treat quality as the #1 priority. This enabled us not only to become the world’s first SEI CMM Level 5 software services company in the world but also a leader in Six Sigma approach to quality in India.
However, even today I am dissatisfied with several things which we are not doing right in the area of customer satisfaction.
Doing something excellently has its own intrinsic joy, which I think is the greatest benefit of Quality.

Lesson # 5: Build self-confidence

Self-confidence comes from a positive attitude even in adverse situations. Self-confident people assume responsibility for their mistakes and share credit with their team members.
They are able to distinguish between what is in their control and what is not. They do not waste their energies on events that are outside their control and hence they can take setbacks in their stride.
Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Lesson # 6: Learn to work in teams
The challenges ahead are so complex that no individual will be able to face them alone. While most of our education is focused in individual strength, teaming with others is equally important. You cannot fire a missile from a canoe. Unless you build a strong network of people with complimentary skills, you will be restricted by your own limitations.
Globalisation has brought in people of different origin, different upbringing and different cultures together. Ability to become an integral part of a cross-cultural team will be a must for your success.

Lesson # 7 Take care of yourself

The stress that a young person faces today while beginning his or her career is the same as the last generation faced at the time of retirement.
I have myself found that my job has become enormously more complex over the last two or three years. Along with mutual alertness, physical fitness will also assume a great importance in your life.
You must develop your own mechanism for dealing with stress. I have found that a daily jog for me, goes a long way in releasing the pressure and building up energy. You will need lots of energy to deal with the challenges.
Unless you take care of yourself there is no way you can take care of others.

Lesson # 8: Persevere

Finally, no matter what you decide to do in your life, you must persevere. Keep at it and you will succeed, no matter how hopeless it seems at times. In the last three and half decades, we have gone through many difficult times. But we have found that if we remain true to what we believe in, we can surmount every difficulty that comes in the way.
I remember reading this very touching story on perseverance.
An eight-year-old child heard her parents talking about her little brother. All she knew was that he was very sick and they had no money left. They were moving to a smaller house because they could not afford to stay in the present house after paying the doctor’s bills. Only a very costly surgery could save him now and there was no one to loan them the money.
When she heard daddy say to her tearful mother with whispered desperation, ‘Only a miracle can save him now’, the child went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jar from its hiding place in the closet.
She poured all the change out on the floor and counted it carefully.
Clutching the precious jar tightly, she slipped out the back door and made her way six blocks to the local drug Store. She took a quarter from her jar and placed it on the glass counter.
“And what do you want?” asked the pharmacist. “It’s for my little brother,” the girl answered back. “He’s really, really sick and I want to buy a miracle.”
“I beg your pardon?” said the pharmacist.
“His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my daddy says only a miracle can save him. So how much does a miracle cost?”
“We don’t sell miracles here, child. I’m sorry,” the pharmacist said, smiling sadly at the little girl.
“Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I can try and get some more. Just tell me how much it costs.”
In the shop was a well-dressed customer. He stooped down and asked the little girl, “What kind of a miracle does you brother need?”
“I don’t know,” she replied with her eyes welling up. “He’s really sick and mommy says he needs an operation. But my daddy can’t pay for it, so I have brought my savings”.
“How much do you have?” asked the man. “One dollar and eleven cents, but I can try and get some more”, she answered barely audibly.
“Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man. “A dollar and eleven cents — the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.”
He took her money in one hand and held her hand with the other. He said, “Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the kind of miracle you need.”
That well-dressed man was Dr Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specialising in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed without charge and it wasn’t long before Andrew was home again and doing well.
“That surgery,” her mom whispered, “was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?”
The little girl smiled. She knew exactly how much the miracle cost … one dollar and eleven cents … plus the faith of a little child.
Perseverance can make miracles happen.

Lesson # 9: Have a broader social vision

For decades we have been waiting for some one who will help us in ‘priming the pump’ of the economy.
The government was the logical choice for doing it, but it was strapped for resources. Other countries were willing to give us loans and aids but there was a limit to this.
In the millennium of the mind, knowledge-based industries like Information Technology are in a unique position to earn wealth from outside. While earning is important, we must have mechanisms by which we use it for the larger good of our society.
Through the Azim Premji Foundation, we have targeted over the next 12 months to enrol over a million children, who are out of school due to economic or social reasons.
I personally believe that the greatest gift one can give to others is the gift of education. We who have been so fortunate to receive this gift know how valuable it is.

Lesson # 10: Never let success go to your head

No matter what we achieve, it is important to remember that we owe this success to many factors and people outside us. This will not only help us in keeping our sense of modesty and humility intact but also help us to retain our sense of proportion and balance.
The moment we allow success to build a feeling or arrogance, we become vulnerable to making bad judgements.
Let me illustrate this with another story:
A lady in faded dress and her husband, dressed in a threadbare suit, walked in without an appointment into the office of the president of the most prestigious educational institution in America.
The secretary frowned at them and said, “He will be busy all day.”
“We will wait,” said the couple quietly.
The secretary ignored them for hours hoping they will go away. But they did not. Finally, the secretary decided to disturb the president, hoping they will go way quickly once they meet him.
The president took one look at the faded dresses and glared sternly at them. The lady said, “Our son studied here and he was very happy. A year ago, he was killed in an accident. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial for him on the campus.”
The president was not touched. He was shocked. “Madam, we cannot put up a statue for every student of ours who died. This place would look like a cemetery.”
“Oh, no,” the lady explained quickly, “we don’t want to erect a statue. We thought we would give a building to you.”
“A building?” exclaimed the president, looking at their worn out clothes. “Do you have any idea how much a building costs? Our buildings cost close to ten million dollars!”
The lady was silent. The president was pleased and thought this would get rid of them.
The lady looked at her husband. “If that is what it costs to start a university, why don’t we start our own?” Her husband nodded.
Mr and Mrs Leland Stanford walked away, travelling to Palo Alto, California, where they established the university as a memorial to their son, bearing their name – the Stanford University.
The story goes that this is how Stanford University began.
I wish you every success in your career and your future life.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Habit No. 1: Be proactive. 
“Self-awareness enables us to stand apart and examine even the way we ‘see’ ourselves — our self-paradigm, the most fundamental paradigm of effectiveness. It affects not only our attitude and behaviors, but also how we see other people. It becomes our map of the basic nature of mankind.”

Habit No. 2 Begin with the end in mind.
“This habit is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things.” In other words, visualize what you want as if it already happened and the universe will begin to work wonders.

Habit No. 3: Put first things first.
This habit is about personal and time management. Covey writes: “Management, remember, is clearly different from leadership. Leadership is primarily a high-powered, right brain activity. It’s more of an art; it’s based on a philosophy. You have to ask the ultimate questions of life when you’re dealing with personal leadership issues. But once you have dealt with those issues, once you have resolved them, you then have to manage yourself effectively to create a life congruent with your answers.”


Habit No. 4: Think win/win.
According to Covey, “This is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. Win/win means agreements are mutually beneficial, mutually satisfying… Most people think in terms of dichotomies: strong or weak, hardball or softball win or lose. But that kind of thinking is fundamentally flawed.”

Habit No. 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
“We have such a tendency to rush in, to fix things up with good advice. But we often fail to take time to diagnose, to really, deeply understand the problem first… This principle is the key to effective interpersonal communication.”

Habit No. 6: Synergize.
On synergistic communication, Covey writes: “You begin with the belief that parties involved will gain more insight, and that the excitement of that mutual learning and insight will create a momentum toward more and more insights, learning, and growth.” Another gem: “Synergy is almost as if a group collectively agrees to subordinate old scripts and to write a new one.”

Habit No. 7: Sharpen the saw.
“It’s renewing the four dimensions of your nature—physical, spiritual, mental, and social/emotional.” Covey writes about continuous self-improvement. Commit, learn, and do.

Below are 10 quotes from Stephen Covey that have the power to completely change the direction of one’s life.
1)      The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
2)      The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
3)      Live out of your imagination, not your history.
4)      Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
5)      Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
6)      I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
7)      You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”
8)      I teach people how to treat me by what I will allow.
9)      Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her.
10)   Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.