Saturday, January 17, 2009

Congratulations Winners

Tomorrow many of you will be collecting your prizes from last year. It's a spectacular feeling to pick up your prize and treasure it for years to come. No matter what you received, it is a recognizition that you have earned.

Winning is a sort of addiction. Once you win something, human tendency is to win more and more. It's a good form of addiction and that's exactly what great winners do - keep winning. There is a famous quote on winning by Vince Lombardi: "Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."

My hearty congratulations to those who are picking up your prizes tomorrow - Good job. My advice to you guys is to go to the next level and try to excel at what you do. Others, you have not set your mind on it yet - well, you ought to give it a shot.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Short Stories

These days I am catching up on my reading habit which had been ignored for a while. When I was around your age, I happened to read one of the books written by Jeffrey Archer and he captivated my mind. After reading the first book, I immediately started looking for other books written by him. Later, I told Benoy Aunty to read one of his books and she too got fascinated by his writing style with the very first book!!! Archer keeps the reader clinged on to the book until the last page - which will have a twisted ending. Also, there is so much factual information packed in those stories which will boost the reader's knowledge in a particular subject area. Knowing my taste, Benoy Aunty, during her regular visit to the local library, picked up a collection of short stories written by Jeffery Archer and handed it to me. The advantage with short stories is that I do not have to spend days and nights at one stretch reading the entire book, since each story is only about 20 - 25 pages long and we get it to fast. Now both of us take turns reading the stories and share the new information we gained - at length; however it is quite a challenge not to speak out the ending. If any of you have tried reading Jeffrey Archer, let me know, and we have something to share in common. Else try picking up one at your local library when you get some **free time**.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Roadmap for next 3 classes

We are going to get into high gear soon. In our next class, we will be moving at a faster pace and be covering chapters 9, 10, 11 and 12 - all in one day. I have prepared the lecture for these four chapters.

The next chapter (13) is meant for discussion and we'll need an entire class for it to complete the group discussion. I encourage you to read it prior to stepping into the class, make notes of your own and do bit of research if you can. This will provide you with the necessary ammunition for the discussion. Those with more points will win the discussion but do not have any prizes as of now ;-) I'll moderate the discussion and listen to your points. If one of your peers brings up a valid point, then you'll either agree or disagree to it. Unfortunately we do not have audience members for this discussion and instead I'll give you my feedback.

In the following class, we'll be covering chapters 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18.

I encourage you to come to the next 3 classes as early as possible as we do not have time to spare. I'll be in the class waiting for you to arrive.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Today's discussion on Death

Today we discussed about a topic all of us are scared to death to talk about - death itself. We discussed what is death, what we can do about it. This is a very touchy subject most of us try to avoid, but is true.

In a nutshell, the only thing I want you to remember is below:

"If today is the last day of your life, how would you like to live it?"

The answer to this single question will change your outlook towards life and help you lead a good life.

BRS # 6 - All answers are in

Received all your BRS answers. Good job. Most of you got 100, and few of you got 98 due to a small error in your answers - I have communicated to you where you went wrong.

I posted your scores and we are good to go.