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During my quest for searching the right mentor and coach in my life, I found out about Dr. Srikumar Rao. He’s one of the most distinguished motivational speaker. I didn’t know that I would be fortunate to get an opportunity to listen to him so soon. I attended one day work shop at Haas School of Business. It was extremely powerful. I would recommend everyone to read “Are You Ready To Succeed” and attend the workshop. I do not have words to describe my today’s experience.

Knowing ourselves is a personal challenge. Each and every one of us has good qualities and faults. We have strengths and weaknesses. When we come to know our own individual talents and areas in our life that need improvement we have gained one of the keys to life. Knowing ourselves allows us to rise above challenges and avoid potential distractions in life, as we can see clearly the path for our own personal journey.
Like riding in a hot air balloon that ascends above the obstacles below, we are able to see clearly for miles around including the distant horizon. We are truly triumphant when we know ourselves and achieve *THE VICTORY WITHIN*!!! A victory for a lifetime, comes in the form of a personal challenge!.

Note: This is not written by me. I was clearing up my old emails and saw this motivational email that was sent to me a couple of years ago. I thought it would be good to share it with the rest of the world.

I received this article from my friend. This contains life story and interviews of some of the most admired Indian Entrepreneurs including NR Narayana Murthy, Dhirubhai Ambani, Ekta Kapoor, Rajiv Bajaj, Anand Mahindra, Vijay Mallya etc. It’s a must read and must have document for all Entrepreneurs. When ever you are getting demoralized (All entrepreneurs in their life time do feel down from time to time), read this. I am sure you would get charged up like any thing.

Few days ago, I had attended PAN IIT 2007 event in Santa Clara, California. One of the key note speakers was Rajat Gupta. I didn’t know much about this guy till I listened to him. But after his spell bounding speech, I am his big fan. I found this great article about him, when he was crowned Managing Director of McKinsey.

I would suggest everyone to read this amazing story of success.

My sister forwarded this beautiful story to me. Any body going through tough time in his/her life must read this. It is an eye opening  and a life changing story. I am not the author of this story and don’t want to take the credit for this. I don’t know who is the real author, but with all due respect, kudos to the author.

 OOLONG TEA….

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of Oolong tea.You will never look at a cup of Oolong the same way again. 

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed Oolong tea. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

Then she ladled the Oolong out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”

“Carrots, eggs, and Oolong tea,” she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. 

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the Oolong. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?” 

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The Oolong tea was unique, however. After they were in the boiling water , they had changed the water
color and taste.

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a Oolong tea?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? 

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat?
Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial
hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the Oolong tea? The tea actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the tea, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a Oolong tea?
 
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. 

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying. 

You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you; to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life.

May we all be OOLONG TEA !!!!!!!!!

I was browsing through net to find out some good books on self-development. There are so many of them out there that it’s difficult to select. I ran into this site charteo which enables to find the book sales rank on Amazon. It’s really good site and it’s FREE!! Go check it out and track the books you like.

I had the honor to attend PAN IIT 2007 event in Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. It was one of the best conference that I have ever attended. We had distinguished speakers such as Arun Sarin (CEO of Vodaphone), Rajat Gupta (Managing Director – Mckinsey), Jeff (CEO of GE). The theme of the conference was transforming the world through technology. You can find more information at http://www.iit2007.org/.

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